Bob and Virginia Quattlebaum seem to never meet a stranger.
They also give back -- and have been doing so for half a century.
"They’re just good Christian folks," Pembroke Mayor Judy Cook said. "If we need something, we know who to call."
The Quattlebaums usually say yes when called. For more than five decades the couple has been actively involved in the community, serving as everything from volunteer EMTs and firefighters to taking a leading role in civic and veterans groups.
For their public spiritedness and their dedication to Pembroke, the couple was named as grand marshals of the 2009 Pembroke Christmas Parade.
"The parade committee unanimously chose the Quattlebaums," Bryan County 4-H agent Shanna Davis said. "Not just one of them, but both. Together, they have done so much for this community, but also individually. They are great people. We are proud to have them leading the parade."
Both said they are excited about the honor, which they learned about at a recent luncheon with members of the parade committee.
"I was just speechless," Virginia said.
"Being named grand marshal was the furthest thing from my mind," Bob said.
-Read more in the Bryan County News.